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  • For the 2020-21 school year, there are 61 public schools in Des Moines Independent Community School District, serving 33,495 students. Des Moines Independent Community School District has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in Iowa.
  • Public schools in Des Moines Independent Community School District have an average math proficiency score of 55% (versus the Iowa public school average of 76%), and reading proficiency score of 56% (versus the 74% statewide average). This district's average testing ranking is 1/10, which is in the bottom 50% of public schools in Iowa.
  • The top ranked public schools in Des Moines Independent Community School District are Cowles Elementary School, Downtown School and Jefferson Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
  • Minority enrollment is 61% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the Iowa public school average of 24% (majority Hispanic).
  • The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is equal to the Iowa public school average of 15:1.

Overview

School District NameDes Moines Independent Community School District
School District Websitehttp://www.dmschools.org
School District Phone Number(515) 242-7911
School District Grades OfferedPK - 12
2017-2018 School Year DataThis School DistrictThis State (IA)
# of Schools61 Schools1,330 Schools
# of Students33,495 Students502,459 Students
# of Teachers2,207 Teachers34,396 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio15:115:1

District Comparison

  • Des Moines Independent Community School District, which is ranked within the
    1/
    10
    , bottom 50% of all 332 school districts in Iowa (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018 school year.
  • The school district's graduation rate of 81% has increased from 79% over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis School DistrictState Average (IA)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
55%
76%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Des Moines Independent Community   School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of IA by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
55%
74%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Des Moines Independent Community   School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of IA by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Graduation Rate
81%
89%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Des Moines Independent Community   School District and public school graduation rate of IA by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

Diversity Score0.740.41
# of American Indian Students137 Students1,874 Students
% American Indian Students
n/an/a
# of Asian Students2,732 Students12,683 Students
% Asian Students
8%
3%
# of Hispanic Students8,870 Students54,404 Students
% Hispanic Students
26%
11%
# of Black Students6,573 Students30,879 Students
% Black Students
20%
6%
# of White Students12,919 Students381,240 Students
% White Students
39%
76%
# of Hawaiian Students63 Students1,350 Students
% of Hawaiian Students
n/an/a
# of Two or more races Students2,201 Students20,029 Students
% of Two or more races Students
7%
4%

Students by Grade:

# of Students in Pre-Kindergarten:1,49322,072
# of Students in Kindergarten:2,52138,247
# of Students in 1st Grade:2,48834,902
# of Students in 2nd Grade:2,47236,010
# of Students in 3rd Grade:2,55636,631
# of Students in 4th Grade:2,60637,922
# of Students in 5th Grade:2,65237,957
# of Students in 6th Grade:2,50237,546
# of Students in 7th Grade:2,35337,038
# of Students in 8th Grade:2,36136,371
# of Students in 9th Grade:2,26437,643
# of Students in 10th Grade:2,39337,027
# of Students in 11th Grade:2,33736,147
# of Students in 12th Grade:2,49736,946
# of Ungraded Students: - -

Fiscal Data Comparison

  • The revenue/student of $11,352 is higher than the state average of 10550. The school district revenue/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.
  • The school district's spending/student of $11,447 is higher than the state average of $10,645. The school district spending/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis School DistrictThis State (IA)
Total Revenue$387 MM7427000
This chart display total revenue of Des Moines Independent Community   School District and average revenue for each school distric in IA by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Spending$390 MM7494000
This chart display total spending of Des Moines Independent Community   School District and average spending for each school distric in IA by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Revenue / Student$11,35210550
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Des Moines Independent Community   School District and average revenue per public school student in IA by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Spending / Student$11,44710645
This chart display average spending per public school student in Des Moines Independent Community   School District and average spending per public school student in IA by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.

Des Moines Independent Community School District Public Schools (2020-21)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Cowles Elementary School Math: 87% | Reading: 91%
    Rank:
    10/
    10
    , Top 10%
    6401 College Ave
    Windsor Heights, IA 50324
    (515) 242-7818

    Grades: PK-8 | 397 students
  • Downtown School Math: 80-84% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank:
    8/
    10
    , Top 30%
    1800 Grand Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    (515) 284-5848

    Grades: K-6 | 271 students
  • Jefferson Elementary School Math: 75-79% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank:
    7/
    10
    , Top 50%
    2425 Watrous Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50321
    (515) 242-8416

    Grades: K-5 | 392 students
  • Merrill Middle School Math: 78% | Reading: 81%
    Rank:
    6/
    10
    , Top 50%
    5301 Grand Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    (515) 242-8448

    Grades: 6-8 | 743 students
  • Pleasant Hill Elementary School Math: 75-79% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank:
    5/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    4801 E Oakwood Dr
    Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
    (515) 242-8432

    Grades: PK-5 | 269 students
  • Hanawalt Elementary School Math: 70-74% | Reading: 70-74%
    Rank:
    4/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    225 56th Street
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    (515) 242-8411

    Grades: PK-5 | 343 students
  • Perkins Elementary School Math: 71% | Reading: 73%
    Rank:
    3/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    4301 College
    Des Moines, IA 50311
    (515) 242-8430

    Grades: PK-5 | 451 students
  • Hubbell Elementary School Math: 65% | Reading: 74%
    Rank:
    3/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    800 42nd St
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    (515) 242-8414

    Grades: K-5 | 432 students
  • Brody Middle School Math: 69% | Reading: 68%
    Rank:
    3/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    2501 Park Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50321
    (515) 242-8443

    Grades: 6-8 | 770 students
  • Greenwood Elementary School Math: 65-69% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank:
    2/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    316 37th Street
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    (515) 242-8410

    Grades: PK-5 | 283 students
  • Wright Elementary School Math: 65-69% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank:
    2/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    5001 Sw 14th St
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-8442

    Grades: PK-5 | 280 students
  • Windsor Elementary School Math: 63% | Reading: 67%
    Rank:
    2/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    5912 University Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50311
    (515) 242-8440

    Grades: PK-5 | 375 students
  • Phillips Elementary School Math: 60-64% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank:
    2/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    1701 Lay St
    Des Moines, IA 50317
    (515) 242-8431

    Grades: PK-5 | 339 students
  • Roosevelt High School Math: 65% | Reading: 66%
    Rank:
    2/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    4419 Center St
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    (515) 242-7272

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,943 student
  • Walnut Street School Math: 60-64% | Reading: 60-64%
    Rank:
    2/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    901 Walnut St
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    (515) 242-8438

    Grades: PK-5 | 307 students
  • Hillis Elementary School Math: 55-59% | Reading: 60-64%
    Rank:
    2/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    2401 56th St
    Des Moines, IA 50310
    (515) 242-8412

    Grades: PK-5 | 370 students
  • Samuelson Elementary School Math: 63% | Reading: 59%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    3929 Bel-aire Rd
    Des Moines, IA 50310
    (515) 242-8441

    Grades: PK-5 | 449 students
  • Lincoln High School Math: 59% | Reading: 60%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    2600 Sw 9th St
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-7500

    Grades: 9-12 | 2,350 students
  • Brubaker Elementary School Math: 55% | Reading: 59%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    2900 E 42nd Street
    Des Moines, IA 50317
    (515) 242-8405

    Grades: PK-5 | 709 students
  • Morris Elementary School Math: 52% | Reading: 60%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    1401 Geil Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-8421

    Grades: PK-5 | 600 students
  • Capitol View Elementary School Math: 54% | Reading: 58%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    320 E. 16th
    Des Moines, IA 50316
    (515) 242-8402

    Grades: PK-5 | 594 students
  • Madison Elementary School Math: 50-54% | Reading: 55-59%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    806 E Hoffman St
    Des Moines, IA 50316
    (515) 242-8420

    Grades: PK-5 | 279 students
  • Hoover High School Math: 57% | Reading: 51%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    4800 Aurora Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50310
    (515) 242-7300

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,106 student
  • Hoyt Middle School Math: 52% | Reading: 55%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    2700 E 42nd St
    Des Moines, IA 50317
    (515) 242-8446

    Grades: 6-8 | 598 students
  • Park Ave Elementary School Math: 52% | Reading: 55%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    3141 Sw 9th St
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-8429

    Grades: PK-5 | 431 students
  • Mccombs Middle School Math: 54% | Reading: 54%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    201 Sw County Line Rd
    Des Moines, IA 50320
    (515) 242-8447

    Grades: 6-8 | 733 students
  • Meredith Middle School Math: 54% | Reading: 53%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    4827 Madison Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50310
    (515) 242-7250

    Grades: 6-8 | 805 students
  • Willard Elementary School Math: 54% | Reading: 53%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    2941 Dean Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50317
    (515) 242-8439

    Grades: PK-5 | 362 students
  • Weeks Middle School Math: 55% | Reading: 51%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    901 East Park Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-8449

    Grades: 6-8 | 766 students
  • Jackson Elementary School Math: 52% | Reading: 52%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    3825 Indianola Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-8415

    Grades: K-5 | 427 students
  • Garton Elementary School Math: 49% | Reading: 56%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    2820 E 24th St
    Des Moines, IA 50317
    (515) 242-8408

    Grades: PK-5 | 650 students
  • Studebaker Elementary School Math: 49% | Reading: 55%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    300 E County Line Rd
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-8436

    Grades: K-5 | 495 students
  • Cattell Elementary School Math: 50% | Reading: 54%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    3101 E 12th St
    Des Moines, IA 50316
    (515) 242-8403

    Grades: K-5 | 410 students
  • Callanan Middle School Math: 49% | Reading: 54%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    3010 Center Street
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    (515) 242-8101

    Grades: 6-8 | 603 students
  • River Woods Elementary School Math: 49% | Reading: 53%
    Rank:
    1/
    10
    , Bottom 50%
    2929 Se 22nd St
    Des Moines, IA 50320
    (515) 242-8433

    Grades: PK-5 | 570 students
  • Show 26 more public schools in Des Moines Independent Community School District (out of 61 total schools)
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